Big Sean’s girlfriendAriana Grandewill be putting her pipes to use for something other than the Billboard Hot 100.
The multi-platinum singer has landed a lead voice role in the Weinstein Company’s new animated project, Underdogs. The story follows a shy foosball player named Jake, played by Matthew Morrison. He triumphs over the town bully Ace (Nicholas Hoult), only to have to defend his home and loved ones from Ace’s vengeful streak years later. Grande will voice Laura, Jake’s loving girlfriend whose safety is compromised when Ace returns.
Grande should find her self at home for this role; not only does she know her way around the recording booth, she also starred in Nickelodeon’s 2013 tween sitcom Sam & Cat. Underdogs will be her second voice-dubbed appearance, and she’s in pretty good company: Katie Holmes, John Leguizamo, and Chazz Palminteri have also signed on.
“This talented cast takes our script and enhances it, with brilliant improvisation and wonderful chemistry,” said Weinstein Company co-founder Harvey Weinstein. “I’m so proud of these super talented actors and comedians.”
Underdogs was originally released as an Argentinian production in 2013, was the most-expensive Argentinian film to make, and “rewrote the history books” by becoming “the best opening ever for an Argentine film” according to Variety. If that’s not enough indication of its stateside potential, it won the Grand Prize Feature Award at this year’s New York International Children’s Film Festival.
Looks like Grande will have no “Problem” here.